Resources:
🧠 If you are a Fiveable+ member (which I would highly recommend, even if I wasn't an intern), this page contains links to hours of review streams that will break down specific periods for your studying use.
🧠 Here is a similar article by CEO Amanda about the SBMCQs. You can check this article out if what I say isn't clicking with you immediately.

Tips on the Format:

  • There are 55 questions to answer in 55 minutes. Try and pace yourself on a question in just under a minute. Don't get too worked up about perfect timing, but don't dilly-dally and realize you have five minutes to answer fifteen questions.

  • The questions go in roughly chronological order--but that doesn't mean you have to. Take some practice exams to determine if going from start to finish, working backwards, working from least confident to confident, or vice versa, is the best workflow for you. Whichever way you choose to attack the exam, ensure that whatever approach you do maintains the questions in their sets of approximately 3 each.  

  • Always begin each set by looking at the attribution of the document. As soon as you see the source, you can begin to remember information about the time period. If you recognize the specific author, you can maybe try to remember their views about the subject, ascertained from the title or caption. In a best-case scenario, if you recognize the work, try and remember the thesis and principal arguments. 

  • This sounds silly, but know how to use a bubbled multiple choice answer sheet correctly. If this is your first AP exam or standardized test, you might not know how to fill out one of these things. CONSTANTLY check to make sure you are lined up and aren't out of sync. Also, bubble as you go to ensure you have all of the questions filled out when time ends.

Sample Analysis of a Stimulus from the APUSH manual published by the College Board:

Looking at the date, 1974, puts us firmly in the Cold War. Looking at the title and author, or, in this case, speaker, might make us realize this is in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal and might make us think of terms such as the Credibility Gap, even before reading the stimulus. Then, all you need to do is read over the excerpt quickly to ensure your guesses were correct. If you don't make these intuitions right away, that's OK! Practice will help ensure that those connections get made in the future!

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